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NAM's State of MFG tour coming to California!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Feb. 13, 2018

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently kicked off its 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour and comes to California this week, visiting numerous modern manufacturing facilities and schools along the way.

"The national manufacturing renaissance is occurring across the country and the nature of work is changing the way manufacturers operate, said CMTA president Dorothy Rothrock. “We are so excited to show off six of California’s many cutting edge modern manufacturers during the Tour."

During the Tour’s California stop on February 20 and 21, NAM president Jay Timmons and CMTA staff will join San Francisco and Silicon Valley manufacturers, SFMade, employees, students, media, community leaders and elected officials to discuss the rewarding opportunities in manufacturing across the country and the urgent need to build the modern manufacturing workforce.

The Tour will stop at a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art manufacturers including Ritual Roasters, Social Imprints, JUST (formerly Hampton Creek), Circa of America, NextFlex, and PACCAR.  You can either attend the events or you can watch the events on Facebook Live. Details here.

"Innovation is transforming the way manufacturers operate, and there is an urgent need for talented and skilled men and women on our shop floors and in our facilities working as coders, technicians, craftspeople, designers, marketers and so much mor, said NAM’s Jay Timmons. "Our focus on this tour is telling the story of modern manufacturing and the incredible opportunities we have for well-paying, rewarding careers.”


#StateofMFG  #CAmfg  #SFmade

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What matters: Making your voice heard

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, President on Feb. 9, 2018

Taxes, laws and regulations make a big difference to your business.  At the start of each year state legislators introduce hundreds of bills that could impact every aspect of your operations.  You don’t need to read them all…that’s what we do….but your job is to watch our capitol updates, tweets and emails and tell legislators when they are doing the right or wrong things for manufacturers.  What matters is that they learn how bills will impact your business.  When legislators see engaged manufacturers as part of the solution, we will increase our chances for sensible laws and regulations.

Here are some easy steps to take:

  • Contact your legislators – Tell them about your company - what makes you successful, what will help you create jobs and how government policies impact your business.  If you can arrange it, invite them to visit your plant and meet your employees.
  • Support manufacturing allies – Join your local regional groups and host candidates and legislators to your meetings. Another way to make a difference is a donation to the CMTA Political Action Committee. Every dollar that you contribute supports candidates who will be in a position to influence laws that impact manufacturing in California.
  • Make us better lobbyists on your behalf - Your experience in the real world of manufacturing from tax and workers’ compensation to air quality to energy issues make you an expert in how the laws and regulations affect your business. Join a CMTA policy committee where we decide what bills to oppose or support. Visit our website to learn more about the policy committees and how you can be involved.
  • Build the army – Thousands of manufacturers don’t yet belong to CMTA. We can make a big difference if these companies join the fight. Tell other companies about CMTA and multiply our influence in Sacramento. 
  • Use CMTA’s tools to engage when it’s most important – Sign up for mobile text alerts by texting “mfgchamp” to 916-571-9360. CMTA will only send a few key issue alerts by text per year. The links in the text will always be mobile-ready too … or sign up in the red Champions box at to get alerts by email. 
  • Follow CMTA’s twitter @cmta for important tweets to retweet.

Manufacturing matters to California. You and your employees can tell the stories and deliver the messages that will make a difference.  Now is a great time to start!


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CA should manufacture the products that come from its great ideas

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Feb. 2, 2018

Since 2010 California's innovation economy far outpaced the rest of the country. California is a beacon for big bold ideas and research and development. In most regions the early stages of an idea's patent cerification and R&D often translate later to manufacturing jobs in the same area - meaning a tremendous opportunity for the local middle class. For California, the latter part of the equation appears to be falling flat since 2010. You'll see in the chart below that the state's patent growth is near double the United States' pace, while our manufacturing job growth is less than half the pace of the rest of the country. 

Too often California's ideas are being invested in other parts of the country when it's time to build manufacturing facilities to produce commercial scale of a product.  With so much innovation and bold and intelligent risk takers in our state, California needs to find ways to make it easier for our innovators to manufacturer in our own backyard. 



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7th Annual Inland Empire Manufacturers Summit

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 22, 2018

A spectacular Summit for manufacturers in the Inland Empire area is coming February 15th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ontario Convention Center.

The Manufacturing Council of the Inland Empire's (MCIE) topics include the next generation of machinists, attracting students to manufacturing, California's regulatory and legislative landscape, additive manufacturing, exports and more.

MCIE is also handing out their much coveted E=mc2 awards, presented to local manufacturers who demonstrate the most innovation in:

  • improving resource or energy efficiency
  • employment and workforce issues
  • effective marketing

The trophy represents manufacturing at its best — with an elegant design, created with skilled craftsmanship. Recent winners include Celestica of Ontario, CA and Phenix Technology of Riverside, CA.

If you are a manufacturer in the area don't miss this opportunity. Speakers include CMTA's recent Champion Titan Gilroy of Titans of CNC, Carolyn Lee of the National Association of Manufacturers, Josh Davies, the author of "Less Talk, More Walk", and CMTA President Dorothy Rothrock.

More than 600 business leaders and representatives from throughout the region attend this event every year.  This is an annual CMTA favorite and we hope to see you there.

Register HERE.

Flyer HERE.

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#MFGday17 trends on Twitter and CA shows off its MFG chops

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 10, 2017

More than 190 California manufacturers and career technical institutions opened their doors on Friday, October 6th to celebrate the National Association of Manufacturers’ sixth annual Manufacturing Day (MFG Day). The day was such a success that the  #MFGday17 hashtag trended all day long on Twitter's top ten. The celebration is designed to show that 21st century manufacturing is a high-skilled, sleek and technology-driven industry that offers high-wage jobs that fuel the economy.

“California manufacturers offer tremendous opportunities for growth in middle class careers for Californians who may not have a four-year college degree,” said Dorothy Rothrock, president of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. “We also hope that people take note of all the workers, entrepreneurs and small manufacturers in the supply chain that stimulate growth and create an economic ripple effect throughout all sectors of local economies.”

Manufacturers are major employers, property owners and taxpayers, bolstering all aspects of the communities in which they are located – economic growth, charitable giving, quality of life, educational development and overall public health.

This year 11 CMTA members opened their doors as part of the many California events and CMTA staff dispatched across the state to participate:

  • Ace Clearwater
  • Alom
  • Betts
  • Bishop Wisecarver
  • Caltronics
  • InTech  (A California Steel sponsored institution)
  • International Paper
  • Northrop Grumman (multiple locations)
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • Transfer Flow
  • You can see all the California events HERE.


CMTA also celebrated its two newest Champion companies this MFG Day. They are both breaking down barriers to teaching new skills and investing in California’s future by training workers in the highly skilled and vital world of precision CNC machining:

  • Western Saw in Oxnard 
  • TITANS of CNC in Rocklin 

Link to articles on both Champion companies HERE.

Manufacturers face many roadblocks, but most say the lack of a skilled workforce is their largest hurdle.

A recent report from the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte shows that over the next decade, nearly three and a half million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled and the skills gap is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled. More than 10,000 new machinists alone will be needed in California, according to a recent report by California’s Labor Market Information Department. That report indicates that there will be tens of thousands of new job openings among hundreds of specific manufacturing occupations over the next seven years. A talent shortage threatens manufacturers’ ability to innovate, create jobs and compete in the global marketplace.

For that reason MFG Day is growing every year.

If you filmed an event and would like CMTA to include a portion of it in our 2017 MFG Day video montage, please send to Teresa Kent at

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